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Published on May 2, 2012
A full-scale test version of NASA's Orion spacecraft will spend the summer at NASA Langley Research Center's official visitors' center in downtown Hampton. Crews carefully moved the 18,000-pound spacecraft into the Virginia Air & Space Center. The Orion test vehicle, built at NASA Langley, was used in the the successful test of Orion's launch abort system, Pad Abort 1 in May 2010.. This escape capability will protect future crews in the event of an emergency during launch or during initial ascent. Today, NASA is building the first space-bound Orion capsule, which will launch on Exploration Flight Test-1 or EFT-1, an uncrewed launch planned for 2014. This test will see Orion travel farther into space than any human spacecraft has gone in more than 40 years.